"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under G-d indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Our allegiance to our flag, our nation is a promise to blend our different cultural, religions and races together as the United States of America. To do this, we must see ourselves like a salad bowl, one with different races represented by lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers of different colors. When we see ourselves this way, we will recognize that we have a greater purpose to unite, like those items in a salad bowl that come from different places near and far to fill your hunger.
Regardless of race, culture, or religion, we have traveled diverse paths to this nation. Yet, when we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, we pledge to help not hinder one another. Just as vegetables in a salad bowl curb your hunger, we have a purpose to curb our common hunger, by making this the best nation in the world to live.
We cannot do that if we discuss and address unemployment and education by factions and not as a country. High unemployment and low education success in any American group is a bad reflection on the nation as a whole and should be addressed that way.
The U.S. Constitution provides direction we should affirm, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect UNION, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
If we allow our standard to reach beyond religious, cultural, economic, and political differences, we will find an America, like the one represented every four years at the Olympics, among the very best in the world. This is the example we need, to achieve greater economic stability in our neighborhoods, our communities, our states and our nation.
Globally see how the world unites when humanity is confronted by disaster. We become more compassionate. We don't see religion, nationality or culture. We see human compassion. As a nation today, we are confronted with catastrophic economic instability, but we don't see compassion. In order to build a strong economy for our nation and the world, so that we all prosper, we have to build a valued education system to incubate our workforce. Our success is largely dependent on how we do this as a united nation, like we do after natural disasters.
The best way for success, is for every American to pledge itself to our allegiance to create a more perfect Union. Because if we don't, we will all fail. President Abraham Lincoln's words are now prophetic, "a nation divided against itself cannot stand." Let us remember the United States is "E Pluribus Unum." Out of many, One.
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